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In early use: †the speaker of an epilogue (obsolete rare). Later: a person who perorates.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Ingelend (fl. 1550–1560), playwright. From classical Latin perōrāt-, past participial stem of perōrāre + -or, after orator. Compare post-classical Latin perorator advocate, spokesman.
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